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Welcome To Dreamfall
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey is a distinctly invigorating game, one that is a step apart from most other PC games. From really well designed visuals to its interesting storyline, Dreamfall will keep you going for quite a long time. The characters have great depth, and the mystery that unfolds will keep you guessing what will come next. Take a look at what this retro title offers, even after having been out in the world for some time now.
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Storyline Dreams and Visions
One of the best aspects of this game is its storyline. This is one of the few games that features a female as the lead role, rather than the usual male archetype. Without spoiling too much, the basic premise revolves around a young girl by the name of Zoe who seems to have it all. Her father is decent and loving, she is blessed with technology and an obviously affluent homelife, and she's not bad looking either. She isn't happy though; she hasn't found her calling or direction in life so far. A request for a favor from an ex-boyfriend leads her off into a chain of events that will change how she views a lot of things.
As you progress through the game, the storyline never really gets boring whatsoever. Conversations with others are well-crafted, and this game is one of the few where you actually get a "feel" for the people depicted in the game. The storyline involves three playable characters actually, and each one has great depth. The best way to sum it up is this game is exactly like "walking" through a science fiction novel. Its just written that well.
The one huge negative you'll find with the storyline however is that it ends a bit abruptly and way too soon. You've gotten pulled into the story, you're believing everything that is happening around you, and then it just ends. There are too many questions left unanswered, but at least it keeps you hoping for a sequel that will tie up the loose ends.
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Dreaming Of Some Gameplay
Its kind of hard to judge the gameplay in Dreamfall - The Longest Journey, because quite honestly there's very little to say. Its not that the gameplay is particularly bad, because it really isn't. But the driving force behind the game is the storyline and characters, not the action or way you control your character. One shining aspect of the game are its puzzles. They are very open-ended, and often there are multiple ways you can reach a solution. You don't always have to fight your way out of an encounter, for example. This flexibility really allows for a true difference in gameplay than you would expect from this genre.
There is combat in the game, but its the exception rather than the rule. Its also not too difficult to muddle through, but unlike a lot of games, combat is merely a small portion of the game rather than the main focus. The story is the focus, and this shows through nicely.
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Seeing And Hearing Is Believing
One of the awe-inspiring aspects of this game are its visuals. The art style is very nicely done, detailed and breathtaking. For a somewhat older game, it really holds up well to the test of time. There are a few moments where the camera angle can make seeing things a bit difficult, but these instances are few and far between.
The sounds are appropriate and well designed, but they don't blow you away either. The music is just enough to draw you into the feel of the game, unobtrusive and lurking in the background. The sound effects as you fight or certain actions happen are decent enough, but not really something that would require a fully capable surround sound system on your PC.
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What You'll Need
Since this is an older game, the system requirements are fairly easy to achieve. The recommended specs are as follows:
- P4 2.5 Ghz processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 256MB Graphics Card
- Soundblaster X-Fi sound card
The minimum specs are of course a bit lower than this, but if you can manage these recommended specs, you really should. The visuals in particular are something you'll want to enjoy with the power of a decent graphics card. But you can get away with a 1.6Ghz processor, only 512MB of RAM, a basic 3D graphics card, and a DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card. This game ran just fine on a Vista 64bit OS, even though the stated reqs are for WinXP with SP2.
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This game is an absolutely immersive adventure, definitive in its use of character and storyline. There are very few PC games that offer as much depth and originality. The visuals are breathtaking and clean, and the combat is unobtrusive, keeping you engaged in the story without disrupting the flow too much. The sounds and music aren't exactly knock-your-socks-off, but they don't detract from the experience either. If you haven't run through this game before, its a gaming experience you just have to try. If you have played through it, you'll enjoy going back through it again.